SALT LAKE CITY – One Utah student has been named the 2014 Utah State Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, while three other Utah students have been named Local Goodwill Ambassadors.
Alyssa Albright, 10, of Tremonton, is the Utah State Goodwill Ambassador. Caden Kirby, 14, of South Jordan, Cassidy Wilson, 14, of Salt Lake City, Cody Schneider, 11, of Roy, have been named Local Goodwill Ambassadors. All of the conditions suffered by the children are covered by the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s research and care programs. The ambassadors will make public appearances to encourage volunteers in the association’s year-round educational and fundraising campaigns and will also take part in a number of the special events.
Alyssa Albright is the daughter of Kristin Harris. Her condition was diagnosed as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease at the age of 5.
Alyssa Albright is in the fifth grade. Her favorite subjects are art, music, reading and science. She is part of a dance group and enjoys Jazz dancing the most. In her free time she loves to read, do arts and crafts, swim, sing, and make up songs, go shopping, and play with her sister and friends and the family dog. Alyssa Albright attends the MDA summer camp and her favorite part is the arts and crafts. When she grows up, she said, she would like to be a veterinarian because she loves animals.
Caden Kirby is the son of Shawn Kirby and his wife. His condition was diagnosed as Beckers Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 5.
Caden Kirby is in the ninth grade. His favorite subjects are science, world geography, computer technology, and seminary. He participates in boy scouts and church. In his free time he enjoys building with Legos, playing video games, boating, hanging out with friends and jeeping in Moab. Caden attends the MDA summer camp and his favorite part is just being in the outdoors. When he grows up, he said, he would like to be an engineer.
Cassidy Wilson is the son of Jeff Wilson and his wife. His condition was diagnosed as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease at the age of 5.
Cassidy Wilson is in the ninth grade. His favorite subjects are music, art, and history. He plays drums in the school of rock. In his free time he likes to play the drums and play on the computer. Cassidy attends the MDA summer camp and his favorite part is fishing. When he grows up, he said, he wants to be a neurologist.
Cody Schneider is the son of Joel Schneider and his wife. His condition was diagnosed as Ullrich-Congenital Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 6.
Cody is in the sixth grade. His favorite subjects are science and history. He participates in boy scouts and church. In his free time he enjoys telling jokes, building things, playing basketball and soccer, and riding his bike. Cody attends the MDA summer camp and his favorite part is arts & crafts and archery. When he grows up, he said, he would like to be an architect.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.
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